Leaks & Your Chimney: What You Need To Know

Whether you are experiencing leaks around your chimney and roof, deterioration throughout your brickwork, water in your fireplace, or something else along these lines, there is no doubt that water-related problems throughout your chimney structure is something you need to address right away. Fortunately, our team can help.

Learn more below, then contact us for your chimney repairs, inspections, fix-ups, sweepings and more. The Lords Chimney team will always have your back.

Causes Of Chimney Leaksbrick chimney flashing

So, what is making your chimney leak in the first place? Well, a lot depends on the type of fireplace you own. The metal chase of your prefabricated unit could be rusted, for example, or if you have a masonry chimney, your crown could cracked, crumbling, and breaking down. Other times your chimney was simply designed or installed wrong to begin with. All in all, it is about getting our team in there to figure it out, so we can provide solutions.

Some of the more common things we see? It is not rare for a homeowner to have a damaged or missing chimney cap, in which case a new one will need to be installed. Without a proper covering over your flue, water can easily get in and wreak havoc. Other times, we notice the flashing is rusted, bent, or cracked. Because your flashing is meant to protect the area where your roof and chimney meet, this can lead to problems in a hurry.

We often realize that the brickwork has broken down, too. Because your masonry is so absorbent, it is important to protect it with waterproofing services. Without this layer of protection, moisture will get in and stay put, triggering all kinds of decay and deterioration over the years.

Water Damage & Your Chimney

So, what kind of damages will occur if your system is left unaddressed? Well, you won’t be able to use your fireplace safely or efficiently, that’s for certain. If you own a prefabricated fireplace, you will likely notice rust all throughout the inside of the unit, in which case the whole system will need to be changed out. This is expensive and time-consuming, so investing in preventative care from the get-go is always a better bet.

Along with this, sheetrock damage can occur, and you may notice the woodwork in your home rotting, swelling, and/or buckling. If there are leaks in your fireplace, then trust us – it won’t be long before you notice them in other places, too. It is also advised to keep an eye on your walls and ceilings, as these may show signs of staining or discoloration when too much water is present.

Notice some white powder around your home? This is called efflorescence and, while many falsely assume it is not associated with leaks, it actually is a big sign that water damage is present in your home. It is what is left over when the water dries up, and it is a big indicator that you have leaks somewhere throughout the area.

Combine all that with a crumbling masonry structure, and you have got a lot of issues on your plate that are costly to repair. Fortunately, our team can help you through it, no matter what stage you are at. Whether you have damages that need addressing, are eager to invest in some preventative measures, or simply want to have us come out and take a look, we can lend a helping hand. Call today, so we can set something up.

How Can We Help?

So, what can the CSIA certified sweeps at Lords Chimney do to help out citizens in the Houston area? Well, a lot will depend on your specific situation. We are not roofers, but we can do some basic roofing repair, and we offer flashing services, as well. If you are looking for something more cost-effective and temporary, we could offer a seven-year patch, which will buy you some time until you can get a new roof put on.

When it comes to your actual chimney, though, there is a lot we can offer, and it mainly depends on if you want to invest in a major repair job or simply patch up the problem to get you by for a while. If you are going to be in your current home for many more years to come, then investing in a long-term solution is likely the best route to take.

Depending on what type of problems you are experiencing, we may need to fix the holes in your mortar and brickwork, then apply waterproofing products, or we might need to install a new chimney cap or chase cover to ensure water stays out of your flue. Flashing work can also take you far, as can a drip edge, so that water does not run down the sides of your masonry structure.

The Importance Of Annual Inspections

All in all, the best thing you can do to keep your fireplace and chimney in good shape for the long haul is invest in annual inspections. By having our experts look things over every single year, you help ensure that problems are spotted and resolved well before they become major issues that put your safety at risk. We can recommend preventative measures and let you know of any concerns we have about the current state of your structure, giving you the peace of mind and satisfaction you deserve.

Ready to set something up? So are we. Call today to get your appointment on the books.

We Are Proud To Serve Houston!

Houston, Texas is a city loved by visitors and residents, alike. It’s rich in culture, history, and diversity, and there are countless celebrations, events, and holiday festivities to enjoy all year round. No matter your age, interests, or lifestyle, Houston has something for you!

We have been serving the Houston area for years, traveling to neighborhoods in Southwest Houston, Greater East End, Northside, Energy Corridor, Greater Inwood, East Houston, and more, and we’ve appreciated every minute of it. We love seeing our work throughout the communities we visit day to day!

And it’s clear just by looking around that Houston residents pride themselves on maintaining an attractive city with strong-standing houses. That’s why they choose us for any and all of their fireplace and chimney need!. We not only leave their systems looking better than ever, but functioning as safely and efficiently as possible, too.

Why Do We Love Houston?

Why is Houston a city so valued by both the people that live there and the ones that visit it?

Proud to Serve Houston - Houston TX - Lords Chimney mapFor one thing, there is a wide array of museums, parks, and attractions, all of which are perfect for families looking for a way to fill their day. Hermann Park is a great spot to check out, as is Memorial Park, the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Sam Houston Park.

Need more options? Enjoy a baseball game at Minute Maid Park, explore the Johnson Space Center, or head downtown to experience countless sights, restaurants, shopping centers, and more!

The options are truly endless, so no worries if something doesn’t stand out to you right away… You’re sure to find something that interests you in no time! In Houston, you can never run out of things to do.

Combine these attractions with the welcoming atmosphere Houston is known for you, and you’ll understand quickly why it remains such a popular spot year after year.

What We Can Offer You

So, no matter what your day in Houston brings, at the end of it, you’re going to want a relaxing place to put up your feet. And what better spot than in front of your fireplace?

That said, a faulty fireplace or chimney will only lead to more hazards and stress. Which is why trusting a qualified crew with all of your maintenance, repairs, and installations is a must! Rely on us for the following:

  • Proud to Serve Houston - Houston TX - Lords Chimney chimneyInspections, Sweepings & Cleanings: We perform level I, II & III inspections, so you’ll be covered, no matter what. And if we spot creosote build-up or clogs, we can handle that, too!
  • Repairs, Restorations & Relining Work: We repair crowns and fireboxes, install caps and chase covers, provide tuckpointing services, waterproof your brickwork, and more! And if it’s a liner you need, we can set you up with a stainless steel one or talk about some options with HeatShield®.
  • Troubleshooting Services: Not sure what the issue is? We can help tackle any mysterious smoke issues, ventilation issues, and/or troublesome odors.
  • Replacements & Facelifts: Need a new look or an upgrade? We’ve got various options, and we can help you decide which route is most appropriate for your unique set-up, whether that’s updating your current system or replacing it altogether.
  • Dryer Vent Services: Dryers can be a huge fire hazards when not appropriately maintained. Count on us for professional cleaning and installation services.
  • Installations & Accessories: From inserts to gas logs to mantels and more, we’ve got everything you need to personalize your hearth. Get your dream look today by reaching out to our crew! We can get you set-up with exactly what you’re looking for.

Why Trust Us?

So, why are we the crew to trust throughout Houston and its surrounding areas?

First things first, we value education. If you hire us for an inspection, it will be performed by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified sweep wearing an official CSIA photo ID. We’re also home to Texas’s only CSIA Master Sweep – our owner, Lee Roff!

Our techs are also Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (CDET), certified with the National Fireplace Institute (NFI), and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG). There’s no doubt about it – we know what we are doing when it comes to your fireplace, dryer vents, and chimney!

We’re also got lots of hands-on, in-the-field experience. When you’ve been in the business as long as we have, there isn’t much you haven’t dealt with! And you can bet that any products or technologies we use or recommend are only the best.

Finally, rest easier because we carry full insurance coverage, including liability and commercial automobile insurance. And we always use tarps and protective footwear to offer the cleanest and safest service possible.

Long story short? You won’t find a crew that’s more professional, respectful, or that puts your needs first like we do. We strive for excellence in everything we do, so you always know you are getting the best services available.

Still not convinced? Just ask our customers – they’ll vouch for us!


If you have any questions about our services, please give us a call at 281-497-4000, and one of our staff members would be more than happy to address any of your concerns.

Ready to set up an appointment? We can do that, too! Or feel free to fill out our online form and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.

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